6-Day Rabaul Tour

Day 1: Bomana War Cemtery - Rabaul

After breakfast at the Holiday Inn, we take a guided tour of the Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war burial ground in the South Pacific. Among the over 3700 servicemen buried at Bomana are Bruce Kingsbury VC, Harold Bisset, and Breton Langridge. At the cemetery, we dine on aigir , a traditional tolai dish cooked on hot stones. Then we return to the hotel for check out before catching our flight to Rabaul.

Day 2: Bitapaka War Cemetery - Kokopo Musuem - Karavia Japanese Barge Tunnels

Day 2 begins with a tour of the Bitapaka War Cemetery, the burial site of many Australian soldiers killed in the two World Wars. We then proceed to Kokopo Museum, where many World War II artefacts from the region are on display. After lunch in Kokopo, we take the Rabaul-Kokopo Road to Karavia, to visit the Japanese barge tunnels. Stretching more than 100 kilometres, the tunnels were part of a network of underground fortifications contructed by the Japanese Imperial Army during the occupation of Rabaul. Finally, we return to Kokopo for the evening.

Day 3: Rabaul - Matupit Hot Springs

On Day 3, we take the Kokopo–Rabaul Road back to Rabaul for a tour of the local historical sites. En route, we pass the dormant Vulcan Caldera, before our visit to the Rabaul Hot Springs in Matupit Harbour.

Then we drive into Matupit Island to see the remains of a crashed Japanese naval bomber, the Mitsubishi model dubbed "Betty" by the Allies. After that, we return to town to visit Admiral Yamamoto’s bunker, the Montevideo Maru, and the 2/22nd Battalion war memorials.

After the visit, we visit a local village to try aigir, a traditional Tolai dish cooked on hot stones, and then return to our hotel.

Day 4: Baining Region 

We begin by driving to the Baining region for a village and cultural discovery tour. In the village, we meet the locals and learn more about their customs, traditions, and spiritual beliefs. We also have the opportunity to see a fire dance, an important ritual in the Baining culture. Before returning to Kokoda, we dine on local dishes prepared in a traditional mumu, an earth oven heated by stones.

Day 5: Pigeon Island

Before heading to Pigeon Island, we visit a local market and a local supermarket to buy food and supplies for the day. Then we spend the day snorkeling and swimming at Pigeon Island, a nature preserve that protects some of the region's most spectacular wildlife. Before we return to Kokopo, we picnic on the island. On the way back, we often spot Blanche Bay's dolphins. 

Day 6: Kokopo - Port Moresby

Our staff meets you on your arrival in Port Moresby and takes you back to Holiday Inn. Departing flights leave Papua New Guinea the next day.


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